It’s been a long, lazy uneventful summer… I’ve been sleeping a lot, reading too little, not writing at all, and taking way too much comfort in my own complacency. MS will do that to you when you start to think, “Is this as good as things are gonna get?”
I forgot that MS can still pull the rug out from under me at a moment’s notice, which it did a couple weeks ago. I haven’t had an exacerbation in years, so didn’t recognize the signs (severe pain in hands, wrists and arms) until my left hand (my only functional appendage) suddenly stopped working. That got my attention!
After three days in the hospital on IV steroids, function in my left hand is returning. I can scratch my nose now, give a feeble wave, feed myself finger foods, type o-n-e l-e-t-t-e-r a-t a t-i-m-e with a pointing device on my computer, use the TV remote, and even hold a cup of coffee, if I’m lucky enough to get one.
A series of challenging hand exercises is keeping me busy. Hopefully they’ll make me strong enough to erase “complacency” from my vocabulary and live each day with more purpose and intention.